09 Dec

8 Brands Bringing You Beautiful, Sustainable and Ethical Plus Size Clothing

When it comes to fashion, body type inclusivity is a real issue faced by people the world over. Seeing a photo of a gorgeous dress then finding out they don’t stock it in your size can be disheartening, to say the least. Fortunately, some brands are catching on by making beautiful ethical clothing for every body!

Here are eight ethical and sustainable brands for plus-sized fashionistas:

Elizabeth Suzann

Rated: Good

Harlow Dress – Ships internationally

Elizabeth Suzann is a brand that believes in doing things right. Their focus is on thoughtfully designed, timeless essentials made with natural fabrics like hemp twill. Their garments are long-lasting and locally designed, cut and sewn under one roof in the US.

See the rating.

Shop Elizabeth Suzann.

Encircled

Rated: Good

The Essential Short Sleeve Top – Ships internationally

Canada-based Encircled creates ethically-made, versatile women’s fashion for life and travel, from sustainable and eco-conscious fabrics, including Tencel. The brand also recycles off-cuts created during the manufacturing process, which is an added bonus!

See the rating.

Shop Encircled.

Marks & Spencer

Rated: Good

Pleated Skirt – Ships internationally

Many of us know Marks and Sparks for their quality underwear, but it doesn’t stop there.  Over the years the British brand has set some strong environmental and labour policies. It’s Carbon Trust certified and it uses some eco-friendly materials, like recycled nylon, recycled polyester and organic cotton!

See the rating.

Shop Marks & Spencer.

Girlfriend Collective

Rated: Good

Legging – Ships internationally

For cute leggings and sports bras that are gentle on your body and the planet, look no further. Girlfriend Collective is a truly transparent company with sustainability and inclusivity in mind. Their luxurious activewear for women is certified by both OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and BlueSign. Girlfriend Collective’s factory in Vietnam is also SA8000 certified, which measures social performance in eight areas important to social accountability in workplaces.

See the rating.

Shop Girlfriend Collective.

Ace & Jig

Rated: Good

Alexa Cardi – Ships internationally

Ace & Jig is a textile love story. The brand does not use any animal products and reduces its carbon emissions by hand-weaving its products, which are made-to-order. It also reduces wastage by using its cutting room scraps and provides clothing care instructions so you can make your items last longer!

See the rating.

Shop Ace & Jig.

Alternative Apparel

Rated: Good

Maniac Printed Eco-Fleece Sweatshirt – Ships internationally

Alternative apparel have been doing the sustainable fashion thing for almost 24 years. The US-based brand use sustainable materials like this recycled polyester/organic cotton blend. They also source from WRAP-certified factories and has adopted the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct.

See the rating.

Shop Alternative Apparel.

Mara Hoffman

Rated: Good

Carla Bikini Top – Ships internationally

Mara Hoffman brings a fresh edge to sustainable fashion, with its emphasis on bold colours and diverse array of patterns. With an exclusive extended sizes range, the brand brings fun, edgy ethical fashion to all. Mara Hoffman seek to generate an awareness with their customers and hold themselves accountable throughout the supply chain, to their workers and the environment.

See the rating.

Shop Mara Hoffman.

 

Conscious Clothing

Rated: Good

Classic Tank – available up to size XXL.

Conscious Clothing is 100% handmade and hand dyed natural fibre clothing. It uses environmentally friendly materials, including hemp, organic cotton, organic linen and recycled materials.

See the rating.

Shop Conscious Clothing.

Editor's note: this article was updated in November 2018. Ratings correct at time of publication. Feature image via Girlfriend Collective. Additional images via the brands mentioned.

Ethical brand ratings. There’s an app for that.

Wear the change you want to see. Download our app to discover ethical brands and see how your favourites measure up.